Details of a recently-published Michigan Education Finance Study will be presented by its authors, the Colorado-based education policy consulting firm Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, during the morning session of the State Board’s monthly meeting.
"The study reinforces the direction for change needed in our school funding system if we are to rejoin the ranks of high-performing states – investing more in our low-income students, English language learners, and those with special needs," said State Board of Education President John C. Austin.
Austin noted that the top academic state Massachusetts over a decade ago began investing heavily in education and support for educators to deliver on much higher standards and expectations for students and clear accountability, and they have seen the results.
“Like Massachusetts, we need to design a system where we invest more to build the capacity of schools and teachers to deliver on our high learning standards, and focus those investments on the students that have furthest to travel, providing the needed teacher time, and wraparound services for English language learners and children in poverty,” Austin said
The study reported that notably successful school districts have a total base expenditure of $8,677 per student. For the upcoming school year, local school districts will be receiving a foundation allowance of between $7,511 and $8,229 per pupil. The report recommends that the state’s per pupil foundation allowance be $8,667 and that additional funding should be invested to help educate At-Risk students and English Language Learners. The study also recommends that Michigan should work to create a more equitable state funding system for schools.
The State Board of Education meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 9 on the 4th Floor of the Hannah Office Building, 608 West Allegan Street in Lansing.